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Symptoms of Infection to Watch for If an Older Adult Has Been Bitten by a Dog

Infections are potentially dangerous for any human being. However, older adults who have weakened immune systems or other medical complications may be especially at risk of suffering the serious and potentially fatal consequences of infections. If your parent, spouse, friend, or other loved one who is of advanced age is bitten by a dog, then it is particularly important to watch for signs of infection and to get your loved one immediate medical attention.

The Signs to Watch For

In the days following the dog bite, it is important to watch for:

  • Fever.
  • Redness or swelling near the bite.
  • Any discharge from the wound.
  • Increased pain near the wound.

If you notice any of these symptoms or anything else that causes you concern, then you should get immediate treatment for your loved one. Early treatment of an infection can make the infection easier to treat and less likely to cause serious consequences.

Additionally, it is important to be aware of the medications that your loved is one is taking. You want to be sure that the pain is not masked by the medication. Also, you want to be able to tell the doctors exactly what medications your loved one has been taking before they prescribe antibiotics or otherwise treat the infection.

Don’t Ignore Your Loved One’s Legal Rights

Your loved one may have the right to recover damages for the infection, and any other injuries, that resulted from the dog bite. To learn more about your loved one’s rights and how to protect her possible recovery, please download our free dog bite brochure and watch our free videos today.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham
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